PROJECT PHASES

This multi-year music project begins with crowdsourcing vocal submissions from around the globe. Each subsequent phase results in the creation of novel musical works based on these audio samples. These compositions will express the musician’s emotional and intellectual responses to creating music that is designed to represent earthlings. Sign up to our newsletter to hear about upcoming space collaborations.

 
 
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phase 1 - VOICE

CALL FOR VOCAL SUBMISSIONS

In Phase One we create the EARTHLING Audio Database, a compilation of vocal submissions collected from around the world that represents humanity. Here anyone can explore and download samples.

Submissions fall into one of three categories: birth (eg. lullabies, songs of springtime), life (love, grief, celebration, rage, the spiritual and religious, songs of summer and harvest) and Death (funeral songs, mourning, songs of winter), populating the database with a full sonic spectrum of human experience.

 
 
 
 
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phase 2 - SONG

EARTHLING SYMPHONY

500 samples are selected from the EARTHLING Audio Database to be part of a seven part musical composition called EARTHLING. This musical collage merges voices from around the world with sounds from outer space, electronics synth samples and a live ensemble.

 
 
 
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phase 2 - Allen telescope array concert

The ATA (Allen Telescope Array) is the spectacular setting for the premiere of the EARTHLING Symphony. Nestled in northern Californian mountains, the backdrop is 42 radio telescopes searching for extraterrestrial life. The concert will be broadcast live and feature guest musicians such as the Tambuco percussion ensemble, the internationally renowned flutist Horacio Franco and the American cellist Jeffrey Zeigler (ex Kronos Quartet).

 
 
 
 
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phase 3 - Musicians

CALL FOR MUSICAL SUBMISSIONS

Musicians from around the globe create full-length composition using samples from the EARTHLING Audio Database. The result is a series of albums, diverse in genres, embracing collective composition inspired by space.

 
 
 
 
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phase 4 - Invitation earthlings

DIGITAL MUSIC MAKING APP

We launch a music making app that allows anyone with a computer or smart device to compose their own music by sampling original material from the EARTHLING Symphony and Database. New compositions may be submitted back into the EARTHLING Database.

Select compositions and key database elements will eventually be sent into space as a representation of Earthlings everywhere.

 
 
 
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